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2:15 PM ET, February 15, 2018

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Congressman says office of FCC inspector general, a nonpartisan internal watchdog, is investigating the relationship between Ajit Pai and Sinclair Broadcasting  —  WASHINGTON — Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency …
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Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
Popular meme pages are skirting Facebook's spam detection by overlaying static videos with watermark-like white arrows and triangles, reaching millions of users  —  Viral meme pages have developed a new trick to reach millions of users and generate big money from publishers and brand pages.
Michelle Dean / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the nondisclosure agreement became a tool for powerful people to stymie journalists from informing the public  —  At this writing, the cast of characters in the sexual harassment scandals that have been carpet-bombing the media continues to expand.  Every day new women come forward to say they've had a bad experience.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter begins streaming local news broadcasts next to timeline amid major news events, displaying Miami's WSVN 7 coverage of high school shooting on Wednesday  —  Twitter is starting to show live, local news broadcasts in a live streaming window next to its timeline during major breaking news events.
Chris Ariens / TVSpy:
Tegna acquires Midwest Television's radio and TV stations in San Diego for $325M; it now owns 47 TV stations and two radio stations in 39 markets  —  TEGNA is adding to its station group, finalizing its $325 million cash deal for Midwest Television, Inc.'s stations in San Diego, including KFMB …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vimeo rolls out tool to live stream on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Periscope simultaneously  —  Video platform Vimeo is today rolling out new features designed to simplify video distribution across social networks, including one tool that allows live video to be streamed to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope at the same time.
Tracy M. Cook / American Press Institute:
Study of digital subscription costs at 100 US newspapers finds weekly costs range from $0.46 to $7.85 and the median digital subscription price is $2.31/week  —  The dual-revenue model of print advertising and home delivery subscriptions that historically sustained newspapers is fading.
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources: key staff members of HuffPost UK, which has 45 editorial workers, are pushing to unionize with the National Union of Journalists
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Leaked chat transcript from an NYT Slack channel shows staff concern over diversity efforts, prompted by tweet by opinion section's Bari Weiss on immigrants
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources say Google dominated Coalition for Better Ads' research and review process, which helped determine ads that will be blacklisted by Chrome
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The Intercept:
Leaked WikiLeaks chats from May 2015-Nov. 2017 of a direct-message Twitter group show anti-Clinton bias, misogyny, encouragement of trolling and fake accounts